Rogers Cup: Caroline Wozniacki beats Sloane Stephens, Elena Svitolina thrashes Simona Halep

  • Rogers Cup: Caroline Wozniacki beats Sloane Stephens, Elena Svitolina thrashes Simona Halep

Rogers Cup: Caroline Wozniacki beats Sloane Stephens, Elena Svitolina thrashes Simona Halep

Pliskova somehow managed to overcome that demoralizing loss in the first set, and regrouped to play some good tennis, and won 7-6 (3) in the second.

"It's incredible that I achieved this, but I try to take one tournament at a time, to not think so much about all the past titles", Svitolina said. "But it was a hard match". Wozniacki quickly won the final game to close out the match after play resumed. She had to play two matches on Saturday after her Friday quarterfinal was postponed due to rain.

Wet weather hampered the proceedings at the WTA Tour Premier 5 event for a second straight day.

The delays, which all came during the first set, appeared to boost the sixth-seeded Dane, who was trailing 3-0 when the match was interrupted.

Wozniacki knocked off top-ranked Karolina Pliskova on Friday just over five hours after they started warmups.

Wozniacki used an ace to win her sixth straight game and the first set. She dropped to No. 74 last August but has returned to form of late.

But Svitolina, ranked one spot above her opponent at fifth in the world, then firmly took control as she reeled off eight games in a row. "I give myself a chance to win and that's what I'm going to go out (Sunday) and try to do". The 27-year-old won the Rogers Cup in 2010 at Montreal, one of 25 career titles.

"Every time this year when it has been raining I've had a great tournament, so I thought this must be luck".

"Today, I was very focused and I learned a lot from that experience, which of course was very painful".

Stephens did not have high expectations for this summer and was quite pleased to reach the final four. From that point on, playing with poise and confidence, she took over the match. "Yeah, I'm very happy".

Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, is 0-5 in finals this season.

Later Thursday, fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina defeated American Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1, and Spain's Garbine Muguruza dispatched Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

In doubles, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko have been eliminated by the Czech Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in two sets of 7-5 and 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

The tournament's singles champion is to earn US$501,975 of the US$2.74 million purse.